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Can the Griz food drive launches Nov. 8

November 5, 2014 -- MSU News Service

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The 15th annual Can the Griz food drive, an off-field competition between Montana State University and the University of Montana to see which school can collect the most donations for its local county food bank, begins Saturday, Nov. 8.

The competition ends Nov. 22 at halftime of the Brawl of the Wild football game between MSU and UM, which will be held at UM. The winner of the competition will be announced during halftime.

Organizers of the drive ask that nonperishable food donations be taken to collection locations throughout Bozeman to support those in need in Gallatin County. A list of participating locations can be found at

Bobcat supporters can designate their contribution to MSU by telling the Gallatin Valley Food Bank or collection location host that their donation is for the Can the Griz food drive.

Monetary donations may be made directly to the Gallatin Valley Food Bank by texting CAN to 41444. Donations can also be made online at

Last year, MSU and the Bozeman community donated 100,937 pounds of food plus approximately $47,445.38 to the Gallatin Valley Food Bank. Combined, that's a record donation of the equivalent of 130,590.36 pounds of food. The University of Montana and Missoula community also raised a record amount for the Missoula community's local food bank. Donations from UM and the Missoula community totaled 54,656 pounds of food plus $60,000. 

For more information, or to host a collection box, please contact the MSU Office of Activities and Engagement at 994-6902 or email Laurynn Olson at

Can the Griz is coordinated by the MSU Office of Activities and Engagement and Gallatin Valley Food Bank.

Contact: Laurynn Olson, (406) 994-2837 or